Deadline January 10, 2016
The Middlesex-London Health Unit is seeking a motivated, self-starting Vector-Borne Disease Field Technician to work within the Vector-Borne Disease (VBD) Team, focusing on West Nile Virus, Lyme disease prevention, and control strategies. This position will commence as full-time in 2016, with the possibility of becoming seasonal work in 2017 and beyond.
The successful candidate will have a background in Entomology, Biological, or Environmental/Health Sciences from an accredited University or College. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered, while experience working in the field is an asset. Requirements include the ability to obtain a mosquito/biting fly exterminator’s licence, a valid Ontario driver’s licence, and own transportation. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and possess strong communication, written, and organizational skills. Excellent computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office programs are required. The ability to speak French and other languages would be considered an asset.
Scope of Responsibility:
- Assist in the organization and planning of surface water inspections based on the potential for mosquito larval growth, utilizing an Integrated Pest Management approach
- Assist the service provider and VBD seasonal staff in the organization and compliance of control activities
- Assist with the training and support of VBD seasonal staff in the surveillance and treatment of surface waters, catch basins, complaints and public education presentation
- Mosquito and tick sampling at specified sites and assisting with the collection for lab analysis
- Assist in the acquisition of permits through the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in regards to mosquito larval surveillance and control
- Assisting in the larvaciding of mosquito breeding sites in smaller surface water areas, enhancing the control program already in place
- Intake, respond, triage and investigate public complaints as well as assist with dead bird surveillance, including the collection and submission of birds
- Research and identify relevant public education opportunities and identify opportunities for internal and external collaboration in the community to enhance VBD public education
- Data collection and analysis, writing, editing and formatting of the final report, with the ability to identify emerging and significant trends
- Other duties as assigned
To apply to this position, please submit all applications via our Career Opportunities page at http://www.healthunit.com by January 10, 2016 quoting posting # VBDFTFT-1215-01.
Information concerning applicants is collected under the authority of the Health Protection & Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H-7, as amended, and will be used to consider suitability for employment. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Health Unit is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Accommodations are available, upon request, to support potential applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. Should you require accommodation, please contact our Human Resources Department at 519-663-5317, extension 2512 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.